The Beautiful Brain

The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal

January 9–March 31, 2018

The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal

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Past Programs

Gallery Conversation
Mar 28, 2018 | 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm

With Madeline Murphy Turner, Graduate Curatorial Assistant, Grey Art Gallery, and PhD candidate, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU. Free of charge, capacity limited, and subject to change. Photo ID required for entrance to NYU buildings.  

Readings<br/>Cajal as Writer
Mar 27, 2018 | 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm

Led by Morgan Cunning, graduate student in Dramatic Writing (TSOA), NYU student writers and actors will read passages from Cajal’s remarkable books Recollections of My Life and Advice for a Young Investigator, both still in print. Co-sponsored by NYU’s Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing and Grey Art Gallery. Free of charge, capacity limited, and subject […]

NEW DATE Drawing Workshop<br/>Picturing the Brain
Mar 27, 2018 | 12:30 pm - 01:30 pm

In this hands-on workshop, participants will follow in Cajal’s footsteps, viewing brain-tissue samples through microscopes and rendering what they see. Led by Heather McKellar, Senior Manager of Education and Outreach Program, Neuroscience Institute at NYU Langone Health Co-sponsored by NYU’s Neuroscience Institute, NYU Langone Health, and Grey Art Gallery. At 12:00 pm, a limited number […]

Mar 26, 2018 | 04:00 pm - 05:45 pm

Conversation Conversations on Cajal Monday, March 26, 4:00-5:45 pm Jerome L. Greene Science Center (9th floor lecture hall)   Join Zuckerman Institute visiting scientist Larry Swanson, PhD, and author Ben Ehrlich for an interdisciplinary look at the life and work of Santiago Ramón y Cajal. With introductions by Carol Mason, PhD. Reception to follow. Dr. […]

Conversation<br/>“The Brain is a World”: Ramón y Cajal as Explorer
Mar 23, 2018 | 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm

NYU’s Marisa Carrasco, Collegiate Professor and Professor of Psychology & Neural Science, and James D. Fernández, Collegiate Professor and Professor of Spanish & Portuguese, will discuss and illustrate Cajal’s pioneering cartography of the brain in the context of his fascinating biographical trajectory. Co-sponsored by NYU’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, Center for Neural […]

Lecture<br/>Santiago Ramón y Cajal: The Artist as Scientist
Mar 22, 2018 | 07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

Eric Himmel, Editor-in-Chief of Abrams Books and Beautiful Brain catalogue essayist, will trace Cajal’s path from a failed provincial artist through his midlife encounter with neuroscience—which inspired his revolutionary drawings based in new forms and new concepts. Co-sponsored by NYU’s Department of Art History and Grey Art Gallery. Free of charge, capacity limited, and subject […]

The Irving H. Jurow Lecture<br/>at NYU’s College of Arts & Science:<br/>What Art Can Tell Us About the Brain
Mar 20, 2018 | 05:30 pm - 07:00 pm

In this lecture, Margaret S. Livingstone, Takeda Professor of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School, will examine how major works of art provide insight into how we see, how artists have figured out how our brains extract relevant information about faces and objects, and why learning disabilities may be associated with artistic talent. Organized by NYU’s College […]

NEW LOCATION Lecture<br/>Cajal and the Enchanted Loom
Mar 06, 2018 | 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm

THIS PROGRAM HAS CHANGED VENUES, AND WILL NOW TAKE PLACE AT THE EISNER & LUBIN AUDITORIUM, FOURTH FLOOR. Rodolfo Llinás, Thomas and Suzanne Murphy Professor, University Professor, and Chairman Emeritus of Neuroscience & Physiology, NYU Langone Medical Center, will examine the historical development of imaging of the nervous system, and the interpretation of the images […]

Gallery Conversation
Mar 01, 2018 | 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm

Eugene S. Flamm, M.D., rare-book collector and Jeffrey P. Bergstein Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center; and Anne Garner, Curator, Rare Books and Manuscripts, New York Academy of Medicine Library, will discuss images of the brain in the historic volumes in the exhibition, dating from 1523 to 1911. Free […]

Panel Discussion<br/>Beauty Is Truth, Truth Beauty: Practical Aesthetics in Diagnostic Imaging
Feb 22, 2018 | 07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

Speakers will focus on the cross-fertilization of science and art in the form of CAT scans, MRIs. And 3-D imaging, and in their re-purposing by artists. Moderated by Tom Drysdale, Associate Professor, with speakers Caitlin Berrigan,  Associate Arts Professor, both of Photography & Imaging (TSOA); John G. Golfinos, Neurosurgeon and Researcher, and Chair of Neurosurgery; […]

Documentary Film Screening<br/>Cajal and Contemporary Neuroscience
Feb 15, 2018 | 06:30 pm - 08:30 pm

This screening features two documentary films: Santiago Ramón y Cajal—Las mariposas del alma (Butterflies of the Soul), directed by Ana Martínez for Televisión Española, 2006, 59 min. (with English subtitles); and Bluebrain Year 7, brief excerpts from an ongoing project directed by Noah Hutton, which follows neuroscience research around the world, including Henry Markram’s ambitious […]

Conversation<br/>Cajal’s Legacy: Memory, Mind, and Consciousness
Feb 14, 2018 | 07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

Speakers Stephen T. Casper, Associate Professor in History of Science, Clarkson University, and Wendy Suzuki, Professor of Neural Science and Psychology, NYU, will explore how changes to the brain can impact memory, mind, and consciousness, examining both Cajal’s groundbreaking contributions and the ethical and cultural implications of current work in the area. Co-sponsored by the New York […]

Conversation<br/>Three Point Stance: Embodying the Politics and Pleasures of Football and Basketball
Feb 13, 2018 | 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Featuring NYU’s Noel Anderson, Clinical Assistant Professor of Art & Art Professions (Steinhardt); Pato Hebert, Associate Arts Professor, Art & Public Policy (TSOA); and Daniel P. Perl, Professor of Neuropathology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, this conversation will examine the materiality and aesthetic forms of football and basketball to address the paradoxical mixture […]

Conversation<br/>Decision Trees and Branching Dendrites
Feb 12, 2018 | 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm

Lawrence Weschler, writer; Carl Schoonover, Postdoctoral Fellow, Axel Lab, Columbia University; and Beth Campbell, artist, will ponder the way branching patterns keep appearing at different scales and in different guises, from the dendrites of Cajal’s neurons to the decision trees in Campbell’s work. Co-sponsored by NYU’s New York Institute for the Humanities and Grey Art […]

ROOM CHANGE: Brown Bag Lunch<br/>Neuroimaging in Cutting-Edge Research Today
Feb 09, 2018 | 12:30 pm - 01:45 pm

Please note the room change.  Students and faculty in NYU’s Center for Neural Science will discuss how they make and use brain images in their current research. Moderated by NYU’s Chiye Aoki, Professor of Neural Science and Biology; and Virginia García Marín, Assistant Research Scientist of Neural Science, both NYU. Co-sponsored by NYU’s Centers for […]

Roundtable Conversation<br/>At the Intersection of Art, Neuroscience, and Perception
Feb 05, 2018 | 06:30 pm - 08:30 pm

Moderated by Lynn Gumpert, Director, Grey Art Gallery, and Eric Klann, Professor and Chair of Neural Science, both NYU; with speakers Teresita Fernández, artist, Eric Kandel, Nobel laureate and University Professor and Fred Kavli Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Columbia University; and Robert Whitman, artist, who will discuss the relationships between mind, brain, perception, and art. […]

Reception<br/>“The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal” and “Baya: Woman of Algiers”
Jan 08, 2018 | 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm

The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal is the first U.S. museum exhibition to present the extraordinary drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal (Spain, 1852–1934), the father of modern neuroscience. Cajal’s astonishing depictions of the brain—which combine cutting-edge scientific knowledge with consummate draftsmanship—offer much greater clarity than photographs, so much so that […]